Craig Moffat County 4-H members made an impressive showing at the Colorado State Fair, held in Pueblo in August.
Moffat County was represented in general projects, dress revue, shooting sports and livestock.
Alisa Comstock, Moffat County Youth Development agent, explained that in order for a 4-H member to exhibit a general project at the State Fair, the project has to qualify at the County Fair first. That means being a champion in a category.
Approximately 15 general projects from Moffat County competed at state. Of these, Tyler Gerber placed first and was selected as champion in leather craft - junior coloring and shading, unit 5, class 347. Taylor Duzik placed second in intermediate quilting, class 916.
The 2007 state 4-H shooting sports contest was held at Pueblo West. Moffat County contestants competed in 13 events, both individual and team. Curtis Tuck placed first and Mark Tuck placed second in the .22 rifle hunting junior individual class 100. The .22 rifle hunting junior team 102 placed first. Team members were: Curtis Tuck, Mark Tuck, Justin Willems and Austin Lee.
Curtis Tuck, Willems, Wes Chapman and Natasha Sloan were members of the .22 rifle 4-P sporter junior class 106 team that placed first. Also placing first was the .22 rifle 3-position Int'l junior team class 110, made up of Curtis Tuck, Willems, Chapman and Miranda Blomquist. The .22 rifle 3-position Int'l senior team III also placed first. Team members were Austin Blomquist, Derek Willshire, Kody Fox and Lindsey Yoast.
Other individual awards went to:
• Curtis Tuck, who placed first in the .22 rifle 3-position Int'l junior individual class 108
• Austin Blomquist, who placed first in the .22 rifle 4-P sporter senior individual class 105 and first in the .22 rifle 3-position Int'l senior individual class 109.
Comstock said that in order to show livestock as the State Fair, members have to nominate the animals they want to take in as early as weigh-in time. There's paperwork to fill out. So, unlike the general projects category, the livestock do not have to be County Fair champions.
During competition, in market beef-class 1709, all three top placings went to Moffat County exhibitors: Blake Kawcak, first; Call Camblin, second; and Cody Coupe, third.
In beef showmanship, junior division, Camblin was second.
Makayla Goodnow took first place in goat showmanship and was named champion junior showman in that class.
Moffat County exhibitors took the top four honors in market goat, medium weight class 3304. Winners were: Goodnow, first; Alexi Goodnow, second; Karissa Maneotis, third; and Andrea Maneotis, fourth.
Emily Hepworth took first place honors in market lambs, black face, lightweight class 5102. Darren McLaughlin placed second in market lambs, black face, heavy weight class 5116. He placed first in Market lambs, black face, medium heavy weight class 5111 and was awarded Reserve Champion Medium Heavy Weight.
Exhibitors have to qualify in order to sell at the State Fair Junior Livestock Sale. Moffat County exhibitors who qualified were: Camblin, Kawcak, Makayla Goodnow, Alexi Goodnow, Hepworth, Coupe, Maneotis, Jerica DeLong and McLaughlin.